Today is the second day of a 3-week work trip for me, where I will be doing a lot of training and attending two conferences.  In a perfect world, I would have already written and scheduled 3 weeks worth of blog posts, but unfortunately, that’s not how I roll.  I say “unfortunately” because on occasion someone asks to see my content calendar and I have to disappoint them.  But to be honest, I think there’s something to be said for the random nature of my posts – you never know what you’re going to get!

I had hours of windshield time today, which gave me a lot of time to think.  It has been a very long 21 months since my last business trip, and over the next 3 weeks I’ll be doing a lot of re-connecting…with BHMA members, distributors, architects, coworkers, and finally, with fellow DHI members at the DHI conNextions conference in New Orleans.  As tough as it is to be on the road for so long, I’m very much looking forward to seeing people in person.

I’ve also been thinking about a road trip of similar length that I took back in 2009 (AKA Chip Falcon’s Road Trip).  iDigHardware was new at the time, and I didn’t want to leave my little band of loyal readers hanging while I took my family on our summer vacation.  So I posted along the way, and the Falcon panic device in my trunk become somewhat of a celebrity.  I didn’t pack any hardware this time, although I’m looking for 3 closers for a project at home so I may end up with an overweight suitcase on the way back.

Now that I think about it, I have not left iDigHardware behind on any road trips or family vacations – ever!  Costa Rica, Morocco, Italy, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, and all around the US…maybe Allegion should get me an iDigHardware camper van and I can drive around doing code classes!  🙂

Anyhoo…I saw these doors last night at the Nashville airport and I have a question for you.  These pairs are in the rental car area of the airport, and there are several other large openings in the walls nearby (imagine a parking garage and the associated openings).  Both of these pairs have keyed removable mullions.  If you’re not familiar with this hardware, the vertical mullion can be removed to allow a large piece of equipment to pass through the pair of doors.  The key cylinder makes it easier to remove and reinstall the mullion – the other option is to remove and replace screws.

The question is this…in the situation shown here, would you specify/supply keyed removable mullions for one pair, both pairs, or neither pair?  And what’s the reason for your answer?

P.S.  Speaking of reconnecting…I know some of you remember Rachel Smith, who retired from Karpen Steel.  She now has a pottery studio called Reems Creek Pottery in Weaverville, North Carolina.  I stopped by today to see Rachel and jump-start my holiday shopping!  If you’re ever in the area, I’m sure she’d love to show you her beautiful work!

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